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Robert Lloyd

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Robert Lloyd has been a Los Angeles Times television critic since 2003. Previously, he held that position at L.A. Weekly, whose music editor and critic he also was for some years, and was the author of the Today column at the late Los Angeles Herald-Examiner. His oral history of “Freaks & Geeks” appeared in the January 2013 issue of Vanity Fair. Sometimes, usually after dark, he masquerades as a musician (credits available on request).

Recent Articles

  • MTV's 'Scream' feels like a retro take on the film franchise

    MTV's 'Scream' feels like a retro take on the film franchise

    "Scream," the metafictional slasher-movie franchise, has made its way to television, where it premieres as a series Tuesday on MTV. If you're going to make a TV show about murdering teenagers, that does somehow seem the likely place.

  • Patrick Macnee: The essence of a gentleman

    Patrick Macnee: The essence of a gentleman

    The actor Patrick Macnee died Thursday at 93, after a long career that resolves itself into a single, yet long-running and highly memorable, pop-culturally resonant role. Indeed, among the fictional secret agents of the 1960s and '70s, there are above all James Bond, whose water has been carried...

  • TV Pick: 'Star Wars Wars'

    TV Pick: 'Star Wars Wars'

    "Star Wars Wars" (YouTube). Marcus Rosentrater, an Atlanta-based filmmaker and animator (he works on "Archer"), has taken all six "Star Wars" films and overlaid them into one single mind-bending work of art -- yeah, I said it -- that in the bargain transforms the last three movies in the series...

  • Just a chat with your friendly neighborhood president

    Just a chat with your friendly neighborhood president

    President Obama spent an hour Friday in a garage in Highland Park with comedian Marc Maron, taping an episode of Maron's "WTF" podcast. (The episode went live Monday on Maron's website and other platforms.) Just two men talking, with Secret Service in the driveway and, according to the host, a...

  • On the watch list: 'Ballers' and 'The Brink'

    On the watch list: 'Ballers' and 'The Brink'

    Two new HBO comedies premiere Sunday; each is worth a look.

  • 'Poldark' mines a reliable literary source

    'Poldark' mines a reliable literary source

    Coming to "Masterpiece Theater" Sunday is a new production of "Poldark," based on Winston Graham's novels of love and family, copper mining and class war in late 18th century England. You might want to be there when it arrives if passionate, period British literary melodramas are at all your thing.

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